National Consultant to support a study to fill common data gaps on the intersectional nature of inequalities (intersectionality) and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Central Asia (CA)



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Location : home-based
Application Deadline :28-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
10-Nov-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :Up to 60 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :November 10, 2021 – March 18, 2022

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

The Spotlight Initiative regional programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan is part of a global initiative funded by the European Union aimed at combating various forms of violence against women and girls (SGBV), as well as harmful practices. In Central Asia and Afghanistan, the programme focuses on using innovative approaches to understanding, preventing, and responding to sexual and gender-based
violence and harmful practices. The initiative is coordinated by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan and is implemented through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The Spotlight Initiative provides an opportunity for a multisectoral, coordinated, and holistic approach to addressing violence against women and girls, including governments, institutions, civil society, and other key stakeholders. Further information can be found at https://www.spotlightinitiative.org.

As part of the Pillar 5 of the Initiative (‘Closing the data gap’), a set of measures is planned to address the gaps in national data in the field of human and sustainable development. Working with the emerging Alliance against SGBV for Central Asia (outcome 2) and folding in representatives from the countries’ National Statistical Offices (NSOs), regional Standards for the collection of prevalence, administrative,
and perception data will be developed.

Given the underreporting and the sensitivity surrounding SGBV and harmful practices, technical and financial support is required to review the methodologies and types of data collection available in other countries and bring that expertise through regional exchanges. Further, investment is needed in setting up standards for the collection of all types of data on SGBV, including administrative data. A key issue remains accessibility of data in a user-friendly manner, and one which links multiple efforts under the SDGs at the national and regional level to improve monitoring of these commitments. Further, there is an urgent need to bring together analyses on intersecting forms of discrimination and how/if this impacts one’s vulnerability to SGBV and one’s access to services, support and justice.

In this regard, the Regional Spotlight Initiative Programme plans to hire a National Consultant to support the research to fill the common data gaps for measuring the intersectional nature of inequalities and SGBV in Central Asia through collection of data and evidence and supporting the International Consultant on conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses on SGBV as it is experienced by those often vulnerable
and facing intersecting forms of discrimination, including women living with disabilities; women living with HIV; LGBTI community; mothers with many children, single mothers, migrant women, women with criminal records, and elderly women.

Under the direct supervision of the Spotlight Initiative regional programme Project Officer (SI Project Officer) and in close coordination with the International Consultant, the National Consultant is expected to support the International Consultant at all research stages including review and compilation of data and evidence for country and regional context analysis, organization of the consultations and data collection as
part of qualitative survey, development of analytical report, assistance in preparation of the analysis on the intersectionality1 and SGBV in the Central Asian region (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan). This analysis will help to: 1 ) identify the existing data and information gaps on intersectionality and SGBV in the selected countries; 2) assess how intersecting forms of discrimination impact vulnerability to SGBV and access to services, support and justice; and 3) offer recommendations for improving data availability to better tailor measures and services to the distinct SGBV-related needs, priorities and concerns of different groups of women, including but not limited to women living with disabilities; women living with HIV; LGBTQI+ people; mothers with many children, single mothers, women migrant, women with criminal records, and elderly women.

The research will be based on quantitative and qualitative approaches to identify the existing data gaps on intersectionality and SGBV in Central Asia, and how intersecting forms of discrimination impact vulnerability to SGBV and access to services, support, and justice.

The quantitative approach aims to:
• Map available (survey and administrative) data on SGBV in the five selected countries in Central Asia, demonstrate available indicators and primary data sources, including existing level of disaggregation, and assess potential for additional data disaggregation because disaggregated data that in addition to sex, also includes, race, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, etc., is crucial for understanding the role of sexism, racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination as determinants of vulnerability to SGBV;
• Identify needs for new data on various forms of SGBV (e.g., intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, harmful practices, trafficking and femicide) to fill in data gaps, along with additional level of disaggregation (e.g., sex, age, ethnicity, disability, income and geographic location), in line with international and regional commitments and standards and in line with national context;
• Highlight key challenges for SGBV data availability and disaggregation and offer recommendations for increasing the availability of data and filling data gaps on SGBV and intersectionality in the Central Asian region.
 

The qualitative approach aims to:
• Explore the impact of intersecting forms of discrimination on women's vulnerability to SGBV, and how the experiences of SGBV are shaped by the intersection of gender with personal characteristics/discrimination grounds, such as age, race, class, bodily ability, sexual orientation
and gender identity, geographical location, ethnicity and migrant background.

•  Assess the access to services, support and justice of different groups of women (listed above) who may find themselves in increased vulnerability to SGBV. Some guiding questions to be considered: Whether and how do existing services address their needs, priorities and concerns? What kind of challenges and obstacles they face to access the needed support? What type of services and support are needed? What are the possible implications for future interventions to address their needs? How can service provision be improved?


Duties and Responsibilities

The National Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
1) Development of a detailed work plan for the assignment in close collaboration with International Consultant and overall research methodology flow agreed timeline. The work plan should be coordinated with the SI Project Officer.

2) To provide support on reviewing available and relevant resources and data for country context analysis, including but not limited to legal and policy frameworks relevant to SGBV, overview of similar study and research conducted at the national and/or global level, mapping of national and global data sources with relevant data and information, etc.

3) To provide support on conceptualising and drafting the methodology and tools for qualitative survey, in particular development of in-depth interview and focus group protocols, semi structured questionnaires to be used for different categories of respondents. Oversee required
adaptation and testing of developed tools for data collection, including translation into Russian.

4) To organize and conduct data collection with the support and in close cooperation with the International Consultant, including online consultations, focus groups and in-depth interviews with key partners from institutions, civil society, crisis centres, and respondents themselves. If necessary, the National Consultant will liaise with UN country teams and UN Women Consultants working on conducting a desk review of national legislation in five Central Asian countries on SGBV and developing recommendations on alignment of SGBV legislation in Central Asian
countries with international EVAWG standards.

5) To support and co-lead data compilation and analysis, including drafting of thematic topics as part of research report.

6) Organize and facilitate regional workshop to discuss and validate the research results with key partners in the CA countries and the Spotlight Initiative partners.

7) To support the revision of final report based on discussions from the validation workshop and integrating UN Women and SI partners feedback with appendices in the form of recommendations, tables, interview schedules, interview questions, case studies, etc.

It is expected that the National Consultant will work from home and will conduct online consultations with representatives of the Spotlight Initiative, civil society partners working with various vulnerable categories and respondents. The National Consultant will work closely and provide required support to the International Consultant at all research stages. The communication will take place through emails, meetings
in MS Teams, Zoom and other platforms.


Competencies

Core Values:
- Respect for Diversity
- Integrity
- Professionalism

Core Competencies:
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Accountability
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration


Required Skills and Experience

The selection process of National Consultant will be based on the following criteria:
Education:
- Master degree or equivalent in gender studies, sociology, political science, or related fields
Experience:
- At least 6 years of professional experience in research, especially in the field of gender equality, SGBV, human rights, and other related fields;
- At least 5 years of proven experience in developing a methodology for collecting qualitative and quantitative gender data and evidence, including conducting in-depth interviews and focus groups;
- At least 3 years of professional experience in Central Asia on gender equality, SGBV, human rights is required;
- At least 3 years of professional experience in organization and / or facilitation of national / regional multistakeholder knowledge sharing and / or research results dissemination events, workshops, conferences;
- Experience working with UN agencies or other international organizations on similar issues in the field of gender equality and human rights is an asset.
Languages:
- Full professional working proficiency in Russian and English is required.
 

Evaluation process:

Applicants must meet the above minimum qualification requirements, which will be included in the technical evaluation process in the future. The next stage of the evaluation process will be maintained by cumulative analysis methodology of the technical proposal (70%) and the financial proposal (30%) of the applicant.

 

Criteria

Maximum points

Education

Master degree or equivalent in gender studies, sociology, political science, or related fields

 

50

 

 

Professional work experience

  • At least 6 years of professional experience in research, especially in the field of gender equality, SGBV, human rights, and other related fields (supporting materials or link(s) to documents, publications are available to learn about candidate's experience in research);
  • At least 5 years of proven experience in developing a methodology for collecting qualitative and quantitative gender data and evidence, including conducting indepth interviews and focus groups;
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in Central Asia on gender equality, SGBV, human rights is required;
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in organization and / or facilitation of national / regional multistakeholder knowledge sharing and / or research results dissemination events, workshops, conferences;
  • Experience working with UN agencies or other international organizations on similar issues in the field of gender equality and human rights is an asset.

 150

150

 

150

 

70

 

80

Languages

Full professional working proficiency in Russian and English is required.

50

Maximum total technical scoring (70%)

700

Only candidates, who will score at least 490 (70%) out of the maximum 700 points during the technical evaluation process, will be qualified for financial proposal

Application process:
All documents should be sent including:
1. CV and UN Women Personal History form (P-11), which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment
2. A technical proposal describing how the expected assignment will be performed. The technical proposal should also include:
- supporting materials or link(s) to documents, publications are available to learn about candidate's experience in research, especially in the field of gender equality, SGBV, human rights, and other related fields;
- supporting materials or link(s) to documents, publications to learn about candidate’s experience in Central Asia in gender equality, SGBV, human rights area;
- reference to the candidate's experience in developing a methodology for collecting qualitative and quantitative gender data and evidence, including conducting in-depth interviews and focus groups;
- reference to the candidate's experience in organization and / or facilitation of national / regional multistakeholder knowledge sharing and / or research results dissemination events, workshops, conferences
- reference to the candidate's experience with UN agencies or other international organizations on similar issues in the field of gender equality and human rights.
- financial proposal in KZT, which shall include all the costs and expenses that National Consultant will have to fulfil all the tasks under this Terms of Reference. The Consultant should also include the daily rate ad lump sum in the submitted financial proposal.
Only candidates who have passed the preliminary selection will be informed. There might be an online interview conducted by UN Women.

Please note that the system will only allow one attachment, hence all supporting documents, e.g., P11 form, CV, technical and financial proposals must be scanned as one attachment. Applications without a completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further evaluation

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